UPDATE: Pawhuska clinic to offer Moderna vaccine to persons over 18

Robert Smith
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Megan Henry, RN, of the Osage County Health Department, on Jan. 5 gives a COVID-19 vaccination to Jerry Harris, chief of the Osage Hills Fire Department. The health department vaccinated 201 persons that day in Pawhuska.

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations continued last week, and there was an announcement Friday of a new opportunity for Pawhuska senior citizens to be inoculated.

Pawhuska Family Medical Clinic announced online Friday, March 5, that it planned to provide first doses of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 on Friday, March 12. The shots would be offered only for persons 65 or older, the clinic said Friday.

By Monday afternoon, March 8, however, the clinic announced online that it would expand its offering of the Moderna vaccine for COVID19, by making appointments for anyone over the age of 18 years. The clinic said the inoculations on March 12 would be the first of the two doses of the Moderna vaccine. Call the clinic at 918-287-5151 if this opportunity interests you.

Also, Walmart’s Corporate Communications office confirmed to the Journal-Capital on Friday that COVID-19 vaccination shots are available through both the Bartlesville and Skiatook stores. Walmart uses an online scheduling tool to make vaccination appointments.

An earlier map of Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, showing where shots were available, did not include the Bartlesville and Skiatook locations; however, a later map that the Journal-Capital viewed online did include those locations.

As of Sunday, March 7, the Oklahoma State Department of Health had reported 4,512 cases of COVID-19 infection in Osage County and 52 deaths from the illness. That was an increase from 4,251 positive tests and 40 deaths in the county – the figures that were available on Sunday, Feb. 7 – a month ago.

Figures for Pawhuska as of March 7 were 493 overall cases, eight deaths and 472 persons having recovered. That was an increase over 469 cases and seven deaths a month previous. Numbers for Barnsdall were 265 overall cases and six deaths by the end of last week, up from 243 cases and four deaths on Feb, 7.

The state of Oklahoma clarified that COVID-19 vaccination shots will be offered at Walmart and Sam’s Club locations in accordance with the state’s phased-in distribution plan. The state is currently in Phase 2 of its plan, which provides for shots to be offered to health care workers, first responders, persons 65 and older, persons younger than 65 who have comorbidities, and teachers and other staff members in pre-K to 12th grade schools.

State health personnel continue to give COVID-19 inoculations in Pawhuska on Tuesdays and in Skiatook on Fridays, according to Emergency Management Director Jerry Roberts. The state Department of Health offers shot appointments through an online Vaccine Scheduler Portal.

The Osage Nation has been holding its own vaccination events; the most recent of them had been scheduled for last Saturday. That event was designed to provide second doses of the Moderna vaccine to persons who participated in an Osage vaccination event on Feb. 6, as well as to offer first shots of the Moderna vaccine to any Native American person 18 or older.

The Osage Nation is following its own phased-in plan of COVID-19 vaccine inoculations, and it said in a news release last week that it eventually intends to help inoculate the general population (non-Native Americans included) if the need/demand still exists. The Osage Nation has been very assertive about offering both tests and vaccine shots for COVID-19, and about encouraging the wearing of protective masks.